West Coast December Evaluations

Grant Jerrett, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Zena Edosomwan are among the players we've seen in some early tournaments out west...

Los Angeles, Calif.. The early season tournaments in Southern California have featured a number of the top prospects in the regions…

Grant Jerrett, 6-9 PF/C La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Jerrett is one of the elite prospects in the west for 2012 and he continues to show development in his game. He knocked down a couple threes in the game we saw and looked very comfortable in doing so. He's always been comfortable playing with his back to the basket, with advanced footwork for a young big man. He's going to be a difficult match up at the next level if he can shoot it consistently from the perimeter.

Tyrone Wallace, 6-4 PG/SG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Wallace's versatility is his biggest strength and that was on display in the game we saw. He plays point guard for Bakersfield but, as one of the biggest players on the team, he also needs to rebound and play in the paint. He's very good at getting into the lane and either scoring himself or finding teammates for open looks. His length, size and quickness allow him to defend multiple spots and he projects as an above-average defender at the next level.

Zena Edosomwan, 6-7 PF/C North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. Edosomwan has improved every year as a prospect and it's obvious that he works on his game. He's a very good athlete, with impressive bounce, good hands and feet. He's not a big-time scorer just yet, but his shot is getting better and he's not bad from 15-17 feet. He rebounds well out of his area and has the size/quickness/strength to defend multiple positions. Edosomwan is a very bright kid, with a nice upside, and he may surprise some people when he gets to the next level.

Jordan Bell, 6-7 PF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Bell has some very good tools to work with – good basketball body, long arms, very bouncy – but his skills have a ways to go still. However, he is probably the best shot blocker in the west for 2013 and he has the potential to be a big-time defender. With his length and quickness, he should be able to defend on the perimeter as well as in the paint. With almost two full years to go, he still has time to develop an offensive game for the next level. But he will need to show some improvement in his ball skills if he's to play effectively at the highest level in college.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5-8 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. There are very few players at the high school level that I would pay to watch. But Jackson-Cartwright is one of those very few. He's got a better feel for the game than most of the guys in the Pac-12. And that feel is in evidence at both ends of the court. His anticipation on defense is uncanny – he seems to know where his opponent is going before the opponent does. He's a great passer, but he can also get his own shot when his team needs him to do so. He will be in the discussion for top PG in the country in 2014.

Idrissa Diallo, 6-9 C/PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Ribet. Diallo looks to be older than your typical sophomore, but he's a terrific athlete. He's got a great body, very long arms, good feet and runs extremely well. As is the case with most Africans, he's got a long way to go in terms of skills and feel. He does play hard, but it remains to be seen if he gets skilled enough to play at a high level in college.

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